Pixco MD-E Focal Reducer comparisons

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by fractal, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Just got a Pixco focal reducer ( lens turbo ) for my Minolta lenses. Cost was $115.00 shipped from China. I did a quick comparison using my Minolta Rokkor 50mm 1.4 on my NEX-7 to get a sense for any improvement in light and difference in Field of View. I took the photos from the same spot and only adjusted the focus after switching adapters. All photos were taken wide open @ f/1.4 and @ISO 400 and shot in RAW converted to JPEG in Lightroom with no adjustments.

    First image is the Minolta 50mm with a standard (no glass) MD to E-mount adapter.


    Next with the Pixco focal reducer.


    Second image again with the Minolta 50mm and standard MD to E-mount adapter.


    now with the Pixco adapter.


    Initial impressions are what I was expecting. Wider field of view and more light. This was a quick test but overall impressed with the Pixco. Carrying the Minolta with both adapters would essentially give me 2 primes. A 50mm f/1.4 and the aps-c equivalent of about a 35mm maybe a stop faster (actually like a 33mm f/1.2), which I think is pretty cool! Since I shot these wide open it was difficult to judge any loss of sharpness. My next test will be to shoot at different apertures and ISO. I may also compare the difference when shooting video.

    So until I step up to a FF camera ( if I ever do ), this seems like a nice and cheap alternative; at least for my MD mount lenses.
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  2. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 19, 2014
    Could you share the link to the adapter? Seems to deliver nice results
  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Agree :thumbup:
  4. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    I bought it on Amazon. Just search Pixco focal reducer and make sure you get the right one.
  5. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    So I've had this Soligor 200mm 2.8 that I've been trying to sell after I bought a Minolta Maxxum 200mm 2.8.

    Wouldn't sell and now I'm glad it didn't. With the focal reducer I've turning this lens into an APS-C equivalent 133mm f2.0. I tried it out at my son's last swim-meet.

    The pool is old and dimly lit, especially at the starting blocks. To get the starts without much blur I had to shoot at 1/320 sec. Even at f/2.8, without the focal reducer I would need to go to ISO 3200. With the focal reducer I was able to shoot at ISO 1600.

    I did aply some PP and NR in Lightroom.



    The focal length was also much better than the 200mm for this swim-meet as the stands are relatively close to the water. I'm enjoying the added flexibility the Pixco is providing.